OSLO PILOT have invited the artist Francesc Ruiz to create a cartoon with the city of Oslo as its setting. The artist is spending a two-week residency in the city during the month of May, to carry out research into the history of comics in Oslo and the rest of Norway. One of the main objectives of his stay is to contact distribution networks that can help disseminate the cartoon the artist is to produce as the outcome of the residency. He will return later to oversee this second part of the project.
This will be the first time the artist has produced a project in and for Norway. Francesc Ruiz creates comic strips and vignettes that each tell a story in episode form. Often depicting the street, he focuses on the interplay of diverse and heterogeneous groups of people in different scenarios, in a complex and engaging visual narrative inscribed in specific urban contexts.
Francesc Ruiz (b.1971) has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including The Paper Trail, CIC, Cairo (2010); Big Boom, Centre d’Art la Panera, Lleida (2009); Bcn Eye Trip, Galeria Estrany de la Mota, Barcelona (2008); La Visita Guiada / The Guided Tour, MNCARS, Monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos (2008). His work has also been shown in group exhibitions such as Los Sujetos (The Subjects) Cabello/Carceller, Francesc Ruiz, Pepo Salazar + Salvador Dalí, Spanish Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale (2015); The Last Post. The Last Newspaper, New Museum, New York (2010); The Malady of Writing, MACBA, Barcelona (2010); The Graphic Unconscious. Philagrafika, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia (2010); Sequelism: Episode 3: Possible, Probable or Preferable Futures, Arnolfini, Bristol (2009); 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (2009).
OSLO PILOT is a two-year project curated by Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk to investigate the role of art in and for the public realm and to lay ground for a future periodic art event in public space. OSLO PILOT is initiated and financed by the City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Norway.